Egyptian Fractional Numerals. Lopez Palma, H. Lingua Aegyptia, 23:197 – 228, Widmaier Verlag, Hamburg, Germany, 2015.
Egyptian fractional numerals are partitive expressions of two types: (a) A simple substantive specific for naming the natural fractions half' gs, quarter' hsb, third' r, two thirds' r.wj. (b) A complex partitive numeral formed with the substantive r part' and a number, r-num (meaning the nth-part'), which became generalized – also for quarter' and third' – as the standard Middle Egyptian denomination for fractional numbers. Fractional numerals documented in Middle Egyptian hieratic mathematical papyri are related to their argument by means of genitival syntax: gs n r.wj half of two parts'; h, r.wj=f a quantity, two parts of it'. We propose a syntactic structure for Egyptian fractional numerals that specifies the lexical and grammatical categories and the linguistic operations used to build the numeral and its relation with the argument operated over.
@article{lp15,
Abstract = {Egyptian fractional numerals are partitive expressions of two types: (a) A simple substantive
specific for naming the natural fractions half' gs, quarter' hsb, third' r, two thirds' r.wj. (b) A
complex partitive numeral formed with the substantive r part' and a number, r-num (meaning
the nth-part'), which became generalized -- also for quarter' and third' -- as the standard
Middle Egyptian denomination for fractional numbers. Fractional numerals documented in
Middle Egyptian hieratic mathematical papyri are related to their argument by means of genitival
syntax: gs n r.wj half of two parts'; h, r.wj=f a quantity, two parts of it'. We propose a
syntactic structure for Egyptian fractional numerals that specifies the lexical and grammatical
categories and the linguistic operations used to build the numeral and its relation with the argument operated over.},
Year = {2015}}